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The Number 1 Negotiating “Skill” That Advisers Need
by Tony Vidler        Every adviser needs to use negotiating skill every day…if not every single meeting in every day. We are constantly negotiating with all stakeholders of course but it is the constant negotiating with clients, or on behalf of clients, that often becomes a source of stress and angst for all parties, with […]
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YOUR need will kill the sale
by Tony Vidler        I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients.  YOUR need will a sale.   Sometimes, perhaps too many times, the reason why consumers do not buy is because of us. Whether we are trying […]
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When Your Sales Numbers Suck…
by Tony Vidler        Sometimes the best thing an adviser can do is admit to themselves that their sales numbers just suck.   It’s the age-old “you can’t improve something until you admit that there is something wrong with it“.   The reason for pointing out the obvious here is that there are plenty of […]
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Getting the right style and structure for an effective telephone track
by Tony Vidler        Being able to build an effective telephone track is a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how to build one.  It is perhaps one of those “lost sales skills” from the last decade or so, where new entrants into the advice industry have veered away […]
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How to get the listener’s interest on the phone
by Tony Vidler        Generating the listener’s interest in your message is the single most critical element in an effective telephone track, and like each part of a well organised track there structure and technique in how to achieve it.   As I have stressed throughout this mini-series, there is structure and methodology in building […]
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Getting attention & positive engagement on the phone
by Tony Vidler        There is some methodology to getting a listeners attention and positive engagement on the telephone…it isn’t just good luck!   Of course, there is structure and methodology in building effective and entire telephone track.  It should be a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how […]
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Engagement Marketing is not asking “Will you marry me?”
by Tony Vidler        Many financial advisers have not yet grasped the fundamental of engagement marketing, and that is don’t race to ask someone if they want to buy something.  Seems a simple enough concept doesn’t it?  It is akin to asking a brand new dating partner “will you marry me?” when they haven’t yet decided […]
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The key to successfully networking with Accountants
by Tony Vidler The key to successful professional networking is as simple as creating a win-win…everyone knows that. Networking with accountants will be successful if you know what the “win” looks like for them.   Advisers historically – for all their networking and personal sales and relationship management skills – have not been terribly successful […]
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The first sale you have to make…
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale.  The first sale that has to be made is YOU.   Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage.  The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
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The Path To Becoming An Authority
by Tony Vidler        Becoming an authority is the thing that almost certainly guarantees you will continue to get enough business to have a decent livelihood, if not an outstandingly successful career.   It is one of the key principles of influence identified by Cialdini, and for many in professional services it is a career […]
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